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We need a global treaty on health research for the poor

It’s time to move from debate to action with new mechanisms for funding research into diseases faced by developing countries. In the current financial and political climate, it is brave — some might say foolhardy — to propose a binding international treaty on the funding and coordination of research into health problems facing the developing world. Nevertheless this is what the World Health Assembly (WHA), the body responsible …

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Wind power ‘can be cheaper’ than photovoltaics, study says

Generating wind energy is more than twice as cheap as solar photovoltaic (PV) energy production, a study of alternative energy in six developing countries has found. The findings, published in Nature Climate Changelast week (15 April), could help inform global debates on financing initiatives aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions in developing countries. The authors note that differentiating technologies or countries is one of the …

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“Go Green,” at Qatar Foundation’s Earth Day Fair

More than one million people worldwide participated in this year’s ‘Earth Day,’ to voice their appreciation for the planet and demand its protection. A key participantin Qatar’s festivities was Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) ,host of the first ever ‘Qatar Environmental Education Fair.’ Held in the Hamad bin Khalifa University Student Center, the event gathered close to 30organisations, all striving …

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World Bank, IMF call for inclusive growth, poverty reduction

Washington – The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have called for further efforts on inclusive growth and poverty reduction amid fragile global recovery. “The global economic outlook remains challenging,” the two Washington-based agencies said in a statement issued after a joint development committee meeting this weekend. “Policy adjustments and improved economic activity have reduced the threat of …

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Oil Loses Out to Plastics, as Middle East Diversifies its Economy

The Middle East is seeking a gradual movement away from its dependency on oil and gas production to diversify its economy and create a positive environment for the development of its plastics industry, according to a new report by industry intelligence company GlobalData. The new report* suggests that the region has been witness to the emergence of an impressive upstream …

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The Rise of Social Safety Nets in Africa

Social safety nets are taking off across Africa, where more than 120 cash transfer programs have been set up in the past 10 years alone. There is growing evidence that they significantly help to reduce poverty. In Rwanda, for example, the government has attributed rapidly falling poverty between 2006 and 2011 partly to the Vision 2020 Umurenge program of public …

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Biomed Analysis: Tackling drug-resistant malaria

Emerging resistance to artemisinin means efforts to track genetic markers and regulate the drug’s use must step up, says Priya Shetty. When parasites resistant to the anti-malarial drug artemisinin were discovered along the Thailand-Cambodia border in 2006, it sparked concern but not panic because it appeared to be an isolated pocket of resistance. Now, scientists have found multiple pockets of drug …

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The Colleges of Technology to introduce seven new specialisations at GHEDEX 2012

Muscat: The second largest higher education institution in Oman, the Higher College of Technology (HCT) has announced its participation as lead sponsor for GHEDEX 2012 – Oman’s premier Global Higher Education Exhibition. Organised by OITE Trade Fairs under the patronage of the Ministry of Higher Education and supported by the British Council, AMIDEAST and the Embassy of the Kingdom of …

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Rio+20 should make sustainable land use a top priority

World leaders must promote effective land use methods to mitigate drought, says Luc Gnacadja of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification. Severe droughts in Africa are a stark reminder of global unfairness. About 13 million people still struggle to have enough food in the Horn of Africa, and about the same number, most of them children, suffer from hunger in the Sahel region, which stretches …

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Aquatech Awarded Order for Demineralizing Plant in Saudi Arabia

Aquatech, a global leader in water purification technology for industrial and infrastructure markets, has won an order for a demineralizing plant for IBN Rushd, a Saudi Arabia Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) affiliate petrochemical facility, in Yanbu, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The technology supplied by Aquatech is a mixed bed demineralizer of 130 cubic meters per hour capacity. The plant will …

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